The Church of Il Gesù in Rome may not be quite the landmark that Notre-Dame de Paris is, but its influence has spread further. It was a radical innovation five centuries ago, and time has not reduced its ability to overwhelm.
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Brompton Oratory in London
The Baroque style of Il Gesu travelled to the poorest corners of the world to the richest enclave of London.
A clear view of the high altar was one of the innovations at Il Gesu.
Christ incarnate was to be proclaimed as boldly as possible; and for those with good eyesight, the tabernacle and monstrance were now immediately visible to anyone entering the front door of the church.
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"The Triumph of the Name of Jesus"
The ceiling fresco is a triumph of trompe l'oeil majesty.
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The painting in the St. Ignatius chapel provides a surprise at 5:30pm every day.
Every evening, to the sound of sacred music, a painting of Christ with the Jesuit founder slowly slides out of view to reveal a gleaming statue of the saint standing alone.
The statue of St Ignatius is revealed once the painting descends into the floor.